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Heart River students shop for gifts in school's special Christmas store

The students of Dickinson's Heart River Elementary recently went shopping for Christmas gifts without having to leave the school. The school opened a special Christmas gift shop where everything was priced at 10 cents or a quarter. Each child rec...

The students of Dickinson's Heart River Elementary recently went shopping for Christmas gifts without having to leave the school.

The school opened a special Christmas gift shop where everything was priced at 10 cents or a quarter. Each child received a pretend $1 to spend at the store on gifts for their families.

The store was managed by the Student Council and all the items were donated by parents.

There were ornaments, pillows, books, stuffed animals, action figures, potholders, hats and assorted Christmas decorations. Children selected centerpieces, dolls and baby toys.

Members of Heart River's PAC were on hand to help children make appropriate selections.

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"Each child came with a list of family members," said PAC member Connie Wiege.

"We wrapped them," added technology paraprofessional Laura Hondl.

"We wanted to give the children a chance to purchase gifts for their families without spending money," said Principal Sherry Libis. "They were so proud and excited. They took a lot of time and care to purchase the gifts."

This is the second year Heart River has hosted a gift shop.

"We tell them they're buying for others and not themselves," said Libis. "It's been a huge success for us."

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